Keynote Speakers


Jason Zielke

Jason Zielke is currently President  & Chief Operating Officer at Precise Path Robotics, an Indiana based technology company focused on the commercialization of automation for the outdoors, primarily concentrated in specialized software and sensor technologies.  During Jason’s tenure, the company, formed in a spin-off from IndyRobotics, LLC, has raised more than $18M in private investment and grants.  In 2009, Precise Path launched its first product, the RG3, a robotic greens mower for golf courses, and today is embedding its technologies into several products focused on the golf course market.

Mr. Zielke also serves as the Chairman of IndianaFIRST, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded to promote FIRST robotics programs within the state of Indiana.  The organizations programs engage over 5,000 youth in grades K-12 each year in the development of task oriented robots.

Prior to joining Precise Path, Mr. Zielke served as an Innovation Fellow at Rose-Hulman Ventures, founded Enjoin, LLC, a software development company, and consulted for numerous start-up technology companies in the areas of product management, market positioning and finance.  He also worked as an Application Engineer at Allison Electric Drive, where he helped successfully launch GM’s first hybrid technology platform, sold to transit bus manufacturers, in 2003.  Mr. Zielke holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a M.S. in Engineering Management from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.


Mike Hatfield

Michael Hatfield is President and Founder of Cyan Inc, a publicly-traded technology company (NYSE: CYNI) that helps service providers and other network operators around the world scale their networks, reduce their costs, and accelerate service delivery.

Prior to Cyan Michael was founder and CEO of Calix (NYSE: CALX), a publicly-traded communication systems company. Calix is a leading provider of high-speed access systems for communications service providers.

Prior to Calix, Michael was co-founder and COO of Cerent, a leading provider of high-speed fiber-optics systems, which was acquired by Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) for $7B. Michael's initial start-up success came as an early team member and vice-president of marketing for Advanced Fibre Communications (AFC). During his tenure, AFC went from start-up to a publicly-traded enterprise.

Michael has also served in management roles at DSC Communications and Ameritech. He has a BSEE in Electrical Engineering and Mathematical Economics from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and an MBA in Finance from Indiana University.


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Yaw Aning

Yaw Aning is the cofounder of Sticksnleaves, a ruby on rails web and mobile application development firm. For the past 3 years, he has helped his clients launch more than 20 new technology ventures for small startups like CoatChex, as well as large enterprises like Rolls Royce. He oversees all aspects of the business including sales and marketing, and manages all client engagements from conception through to launch and growth. 

In addition to Sticksnleaves, Yaw is a cofounder of Pocket Tales, a web-based reading game for kids. He secured $180k in venture financing from funds on the East Coast, as well as from the prominent publishing company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Prior to Pocket Tales, Yaw was a financial analyst for the Indianapolis-based investment bank City Securities in their Corporate Finance group. He was also a member of the Orr Fellowship, a program dedicated to preparing Indiana graduates to start and run their own businesses. Yaw graduated from Rose-Hulman cum laude with a BS in Civil Engineering.

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Christopher Beltran

Founder of Vendorcamp, Co-founder Passageways & Rake Digital Media
Mr. Beltran is co-founder of a successful industry-leading software company, Passageways, which he started out of his dorm room at Purdue University and turned into an industry-leading internal corporate management software for CEOs and Boards in over 6 countries.  His company also was recognized by Inc. 500, for being the 27th fastest growing software company in the country.

Christopher was an organizer of the TEDxPurdue event as well as the 2012 and 2013 TEDxIndianapolis events.  Christopher has mentored high school kids in entrepreneurship at Purdue, MIT, and Harvard University and has taught at Purdue University graduate-level entrepreneurship.

Christopher is from McAllen, Texas and moved to Indiana to attend Purdue University.  He resides in Carmel, Indiana and is actively involved in the technology startups and investment community in Indianapolis.


Scott Atkin

Scott has been involved in innovation for most of his career.  After earning undergraduate degrees in science and technology he joined Dow Chemical and worked in their research and development laboratories, including corporate research.  From there he founded a technology oriented startup company (SAGIAN) which ultimately was sold to two public companies.  As President/CEO of this startup Scott was involved in all aspects of the business and was a finalist for Entrepreneur of the Year award.  As part of the sale of SAGIAN, Scott joined Beckman Instruments (Beckman Coulter) and assumed increasing business and product development responsibilities until he reached the level of Executive Vice-President.  Scott reported directly to the CEO, worked closely with the Board of Directors and held two executive positions, overseeing the global engineering development organization supporting all product lines in regulated (In-Vitro Diagnostics) and non-regulated markets (~700 engineers on three continents) and having P&L responsibility for multiple business units totaling ~$2BB in revenue.  The development organization under Scott’s leadership typically managed 30-40 development projects simultaneously and ranged in size from <$100K to >$50MM in total R&D spend (crossing many years).  Scott retired in 2012 as President of Beckman Coulter Life Sciences and serves as an advisor to a healthcare focused private equity firm.


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Brad Schwer

Bradley W. Schwer is a partner in the Business & Finance practice group and focuses his practice on complex business and commercial transactions, mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, business advisory services, and general corporate counseling.

He has broad experience with various financing transactions and leveraged private equity transactions where he has represented buyers, sellers and management.

Mr. Schwer has served as outside general counsel for several clients over his
career providing both legal and business advice. He regularly advises businesses
of all sizes and industries.


Johnathon Fruchte

Jonathon Fruchte is a portfolio manager for Elevate Ventures.  Elevate Ventures, a private non-profit formed in late 2010, is an active angel and seed fund investment firm that manages the State of Indiana’s 21st Century Research and Technology Fund (21 Fund) and Indiana’s Federal Treasury SSBCI Program allocation (Indiana Angel Fund).  During Jonathon’s tenure, Elevate has committed over $22 million to 26 investments.  These companies have gone on to raise an additional $76 million from private sources. 

In industry, Jonathon has focused on leading product development and commercialization strategies for a range of technologies.  These include carbon-based quantum nano-dots used in security and anti-counterfeiting applications, a brachytherapy device to eradicate breast cancer, and a traction drive system comprised of power electronics and permanent magnet motor for hybrid and all-electric vehicles.  He is an inventor and holds one patent.  Jonathon earned his M.S. in Engineering Management and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

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Charlie Key

Charlie is currently working at startup, Modulus, which he co-founded with two other people. Modulus’s focus is on building the best Node.js hosting solution. They offer the hosting and scaling you've come to expect with the metrics to see exactly what and how your application is doing.

Charlie has worked as a developer and technologist for a number of companies at this point. He has built over a dozen websites and developed 6 iPhone applications and helped build another few. He works primarily in web development technologies including PHP, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and .Net. Lately, he has been working with a lot of newer technologies including HTML5 and Node.js. These technologies have been primarily used to build some of new projects he has been working on.

In his free time he has started a company, Paranoid Ferret Productions, and worked on a number of projects. He hopes to be able to continue to build interesting and complex products and sites over the few years. Above all though, he wants to make sure to keep up on the latest technologies and trends in the tech world.


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K. Ram Sundaram

K. Ram Sundaram is a Sr. Principal at X by 2, Inc. With 25+ years’ experience in technology and business consulting, Ram is a trusted advisor to C-level executives on their enterprise class technologies and multi-year strategies. Ram has worked with some of the most progressive Fortune 500 companies across the insurance, healthcare, retail, finance and banking, and manufacturing verticals and has a proven track record for understanding, conceptualizing business issues and opportunities into actionable solutions, and successfully implementing technology solutions for clients.

Prior to starting X by 2, Ram played a leadership role in launching Cambridge Technology Partners Detroit operation as well as successfully developing two other high-growth consulting ventures.

Ram has an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University with concentrations in Finance and Information Systems.


Dustin Dubois

Dustin DuBois is a partner with Ice Miller and concentrates his practice in various facets of intellectual property and transactions. DuBois designs strategies for clients' intellectual property portfolios based on their goals as well as market expectations, securing patents, trademarks and other forms of intellectual property. He also assists clients in negotiation of and drafting a variety of commercial contracts such as strategic alliances, joint development and licensing agreements. DuBois assists clients with other complex legal issues including compliance with export control regulations, international privacy laws, and in compliance with a host of other regulatory frameworks.

DuBois graduated from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in 1992. He earned his law degree, cum laude, at Indiana University School of Law in 2000. Prior to attending law school, he worked in product development, management and technical advisory capacities for such major U.S. companies as Caterpillar, General Motors and Betz Laboratories. DuBois is admitted to practice law in the state of Indiana and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.


Jim Coles

Jim A. Coles is co-chair of Taft's Intellectual Property Practice and an influential leader in technology and business issues. He has vast experience with all types of intellectual property and technology matters, including agreements and resolving disputes involving technology and intellectual property issues, and helps clients determine the breadth and value of their intellectual property assets through audit services and strategies for protecting and exploiting those assets.  Jim frequently assists local, national and international clients with intellectual property and technology agreements and issues in a broad field of technologies including but not limited to electronics, information technology, healthcare, software and medical devices. He is the founder of the ATAIN (Access Technology Across Indiana) consortium of nine Indiana-based research institutions. He has represented the Indiana Court System (on behalf of the courts) in the negotiation of agreements for development of software linking the various courts and other intellectual property matters.

Jim is a frequent speaker on a variety of intellectual property, technology and business topics, including patent issues, copyright and trademark issues, entrepreneurship, technology agreements, and intellectual property audits and strategies. He is also a frequent guest lecturer, and has instructed students at Indiana University School of Business, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Purdue University, and Ball State University. Jim is currently an adjunct professor at the Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis, where he teaches Intellectual Property Transactions. Jim is also a member of the Board of Trustees for Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology where he chairs the Audit Committee and is a member of the Publications Committee for the Indiana Historical Society. Jim is listed in The Best Lawyers in America (1998-current); Indiana Super Lawyers (2004-current) and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (Honor Alumnus 2003.


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Mike Langellier

Entrepreneur and software executive Mike Langellier serves as president and CEO of TechPoint, Indiana’s technology growth initiative. TechPoint is focused on efforts that lead the state into a next generation economy, such as thought leadership and educational programming, attracting and investing capital in technology startups, addressing workforce challenges, and connecting this diverse and fast-growing industry.

In 2010, Langellier cofounded MyJibe, a personal finance and banking software company. He sold the company in November 2011 and served as vice president of strategic partnerships with acquirer MoneyDesktop. Prior to starting MyJibe, Langellier was director of account management for Experian (formerly Baker Hill), where he managed multi-million dollar bank and credit union relationships, enterprise software installations and key alliance partnerships.

Langellier is a DePauw University graduate and a past fellow in the prestigious Orr Entrepreneurial Fellowship program, for which he now serves as a member of the board of directors. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife, Carrie (Strong) Langellier – who was also an Orr Fellow – and their two sons.

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Alec Synnestvedt

Alec is an alumnus of the Orr Fellowship and is currently serving as Executive Director of Verge, a community of tech entrepreneurs, software developers, and business investors who are making things happen in Indiana.  Alec graduated from DePauw University in 2011 with degrees in Creative Writing and Economics.  He spent his time in the Orr Fellowship as a Marketing Specialist at host company T2 Systems.

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Matt Hunckler

Matt Hunckler is a Vice President at Social Reactor, an advertising platform that helps brands connect with the right audiences through the right relationships with leading social influencers.  He was also the founder of Verge, a community of Midwest software developers, entrepreneurs, and startup investors.  He is a committed business adventurist with a knack for online marketing, branding, and starting up.

With Seed Strategy, a strategic innovation and advertising agency in Cincinnati, he collaborated in the design and development of groundbreaking marketing research technologies and vetted product concepts for global brands, including Kellogg’s, Hill’s Pet Nutrition, and Wrigley’s.

Matt built and grew a web design and Internet marketing firm, SureSite Design, before selling it to join the sales and marketing team at BlueLock as an Orr Fellow. The aim of The Orr Fellowship is to foster the next generation of entrepreneurial business leaders.

As the Director of Marketing for Slingshot SEO, an Inc. 500 Marketing Agency, Matt built the Marketing and Communications department—leveraging email marketing, SEO, PPC, social media, and PR to increase site traffic, leads, and sales.

Matt graduated with honors from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, where he studied Marketing, Entrepreneurship, and Corporate Innovation.